Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Production year 2021

Length 136min.

Country Colombia/Thailand/France/Germany/Mexico/Qatar/UK/ China/Switzerland


Ever since being startled by a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, Jessica is unable to sleep. In Bogotá to visit her sister, she befriends Agnes, an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under construction. Jessica travels to see Agnes at the excavation site. In a small town nearby, she encounters a fish scaler, Hernan . They share memories by the river. As the day comes to a close, Jessica is awakened to a sense of clarity.


Jury Prize | Cannes IFF, France, 2021


Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul



Diana Bustamante, Julio Chavezmontes, Charles de Meaux, Simon Field


Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director of Photography

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Production designer

Angélica Perea

Music by

César López


Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr


Lee Chatametikoo


Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Elkin Diaz

Production company(ies)

Burning Blue, Anna Sanders Films, Illuminations Films, Kick the Machine, Piano, The Match Factory

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Born 1970. Apichatpong Weerasethakul grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 90s. He is one of the few filmmakers in Thailand who have worked outside the strict Thai Studio system. In his films he experiments with certain elements found in the dramatic plot structure of Thai television and radio programs, comics and old films. He finds his inspiration in small towns around the country. In his work, he often uses non-professional actors and improvised dialogue in exploring the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction. In 2000, he completed his first feature, Mysterious Object at Noon, a documentary that has been screened at many international festivals and received enthusiastic reviews and awards as well as being listed among the best films of the year 2000 by Film Comment and the Village Voice. He is active in promoting experimental and independent films through Kick the Machine, the company he founded in 1999. He is currently working on several video projects and a new feature, Tropical Malady.


Bullet (1993, short), Kitchen and Bedroom (1994, short), 0016643225059 (1994, short), Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding Waves (1996, doc.), Thirdworld (1999, short), Windows (1999, short), Malee and the Boy (1999, doc.), Mysterious Object at Noon (2000, doc.), Boys at Noon (2000, short), Haunted Houses (2001), Masumi Is a PC Operator (2001, short), Blissfully Yours (2002), The Adventures of Iron Pussy (200), This and a Million More Lights (2003, short), Nokia Short (2003, short), Tropical Malady (2004), Worldly Desires (2005, short), Ghost of Asia ( 2005, short ), Syndromes and a Century (2006), The Anthem (2006, short), My Mother's Garden ( 2007, short), State of the World ( 2007, segment Luminous People), Teem (2007, doc.), Nimit (2007, short), Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment Mobile Men), Sud Vikal (2008, short), Prosperity for 2008 (2008, short), Emerald (2008, doc.), A Letter to Uncle Boonmee ( 2009, short), Phantoms of Nabua (2009, short), Haiku ( 2009, short), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Empire (2010, short), Quattro Hongkong 2 (2011, segment M Hotel), 3.11 Sense of Home (2011, doc., segment Monsoon), M Hotel (2011, short), Mekong Hotel (2012), Ashes ( 2012, short), Sakda (2012, doc.), Cactus River ( 2012, doc.), Monsoon ( 2012, short), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc.), Short Plays (2014, segment Thailand), Cemetery of Splendor (2015), Vapour (2015, short), Art through Our Eyes (2016, segment Ablaze), Ten Years Thailand ( 2018, segment Song of the City), Blue (2018, short), 30/30 Vision: 3 Decades of Strand Releasing (2019, short), The Year of the Everlasting Storm ( 2021, segment Night Colonies), Memoria (2021), Night Colonies (2021, short).

FILMS 2021